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captioning sponsored by wnet >> stewart: on this edition for sunday, february 9: presidential candidates canvass new hampshire in the final pusahead of tuesday's primary. and in our signature segment: a 15-year battle heats up over oregon's jordan cove pipeline project. next on "pbs newshour weekend." >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: bernard a srendne l and philip milstei family. rosalinp. walte barbara hope zuckerberg. charles rosenblum. we totry ive in the moment, to not miss what's right in front of us. at mutual of america, we
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believe taking care of tomorrow cathn help you makmost of today. mutual of america financial agroup, retirement servnd investments. >> when it comes to wireless, consumer cellular gives its customers the choice. yor no-contact plans give as much or as little talk, text and data as you want. and our u.s.-based custome i service teamon-hand to help. w. learn more, go to additional support has been provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting, a priva corporation funded by the american people. urand by contributions to pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios at lincoln center in new york, alsionstewart. >> stewart: good evening and thank you for joining us. ew hampshire voters will get their chance to choose a presidential candidate when the poll there shortly after midnight on tuesday. in the crowded democratic field,
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across the granite state candidates shook hands at diners, h rallies, and took questions at community forums today. we're take othe democratics. >> stewart: and the candidates continued to go after one anoth. yesterday former vice president biden responded to questions about former south bend indianag mayor pete bug with this: >> this guy's not a barack obama. states senator of a very large state. >> stewart: buttigieg responded on this morning's political talk shows. >> well, he's right. i'm not. and neither is he. neither is any of us running for president. and this isn't 2008.we ain a net calling for a different ki of leadership. >> do believe we're a party at risk if we should nominate someone who's never held a higher office than the mayor of south bend, indiana. >> stewart: the biden campaign also released an ad comparing the former vice president's record in national office to what it claimed were the accomplishments of former mayor buttigieg in south bend indiana. >> joe biden helped save the
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auto industry, which revitalized the economy of the midwest. pete buttigieg revitalized the sidewalks of downtown south bend by laying out decorative brick. >> stewart: buttigieg called it a "typical political attack." >> communities, whether they're my size or rural communities or even neighborhoods in biggest cities, that feel completely left behind are mafrustrated with bein a punch line by washington politicians. >> stewart: senator bernie nders-- who shared a win in the iowa caucuses with buttigieg-- also criticized buttigieg again for accepting campaign contributions from billionaires. >> last count he has abou billionaires who are contributing to his campaign, the heads of-- the c.e.o.s of the large pharmaceutical companies and so forth.nce >> stewart: president trump and vice president mike pence will hold a rally in manchester thtomorrow. president faces challengers, but is expected to win easily in tarhe republican pr for more on the campaigns and the tuesday primary, new
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hampshire public radio reporter casey mcdermofr joins us now manchester. >> i havto ask, how has the ine new hampshire party leaders been reato the iowa breakdown. >> one of the things they are doing this time around which is something that they really do aetty routinely is they sends out state election inspectors to every single polling place throhout the day. but this time they are actually hitting every single polling place including the ones that open at midnight for that kind of famous midnightoting tradition. so that something new. and another thing they are doing this year which ns rathel is that they set the expectation that if something were to happen, if something were to go wrong they have committed to being vertransparent e roughout the day. to the point whey set aside space at the new hampshire state house, this is something i am not aware of them doing ever before, for the media and also representives from all of the presidential campaigns so that throughout the day if something were to inrequire some of substantial update from state d be as, that there wo
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place for that information to be shared as it is happening, task is available. so that really this information tdoesn't kind of fester mean time. >> so i'm wondering about new hampshire voters. are people locked in or will the result from iowa, could they have an effect on people in new hampshire on how they vote?eo >>e are really still making up their minds for the most part. and that is born out in a a llt of the g that we have seen am a large chunk of the elecuprate waits to make their mind and really takes their time until primary day to make up their final decision. i know when i was talking t some people outside of an event for mayor buttigieg earlier this weekend, they were saying that g ey still weren't eirely sure if they were goi vote for him. of course there were people there who also styed that they were fans of his. but a lot of people are really still scoping out their options. >> one candidate we haven't seen on the debe tage but who i understand is really trying to make a play for new hpshire is
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candidate gabbard. efw. >>e the updated registration she sent out a campgn email encarnacion couraging people if they knew republicans who were perhaps interested in supporting her or one different, encouraging them to updates their party registration to undeclared or hdependent, so that they could vote f in the primary. and what i found was that people were really comn from a lot of different political ideologies to kind of find out what she was about and to line up behind her to support her. i think we are seeing at least a little bit of traction behind her from peopl who are uncomfortable with the political establishment ofpa eitherty. >> i also understand that andrew yang is int terestipeople in new hampshire. why do new hampshireites like andrew yang. >> similarly he has a peopled to people who are perhaps no part of the party establishment. i think he also built up good wil in the state. i have seen party leaders say thes have a lot of rct for
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him for the amount of time he has put in here. people are definitely giving even those candidate was are not atind of the top of the polls a close look. discussion about thelot of demographics of new hampshire and having such a big influence on the election season given its demographics. percent latinx.e, almost 4 3% asian, 1.7 percent african-american how do local political leaders, how are they defending theirrs in the nation status? i have seen the fitn all over twitter. or tfi the uninitiated means t new hampshire primary. there has been quite a concerted effortparticularly among the political establishment to keep new hampshire first in the nation. >> but one of the thin we found in our reporting is that the kind of idea of what a hampshire campaign or what a new hampshire primary really looks like is changing. we're seeing a lot of those tradional house pties and
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small, int tat-- intimate townhalls give way to larger rallies, to national media driven campaign, just this week we had cnn holding tnhalls where in the past, those townhalls may have been happening in local community centers. so one of the things that we are very adamant about new who hampshire's place in the primary, people say that we are a place where grass roots campaign is important and they ll use that as kind of a counterargument to people who raise questions about our demogrhic makeup. that grass roots campaigning is not always what we see in the modern new hampshire primary campaign of the day. >> casey mcdermott, thanks so much for being with us. >> thanks so much. >> >> stewar t u.s. military said today that two american soldiers were killed and six others wounded in afghanistan late yesterday. e pentagon identified them as sergeant first class javier
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gutierrez of san antonio, texas rgand sent first class antonio rodriguez, of las cruces, new mexico. both were 28-years-old. attack happened in th country's eastern nangarhar province. u.s. officials said an afghan man dressed in an afghan army uniform opened fire on the the gunman and one afghan soldier were also killed. an afghanefense ministry official said that the attacker was not a taliban infiltrator. six u. service members have now died in afghanistan this year. fois morning, securites in thailand killed the gunman who carried out that country's worst mass shooting yesterday. the gunman killed at least6 people and injured dozens more during a 16-hour shooting rampage that began at a military base and continued on streets and into a shopping mall. officials said the man was killed during a shootout wi police and military personnel in the basement of the mall where he was hed up overnight. the 32-year-old gunman-- a sergeant major in the military-- repoinrtedly began his attac
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dispute over a land deal. he posted messages and videos to facebook during the shootings berina om thehie co fatalities during the sars epidemic in 2002 and 2003. chinese health officials reported 89 new deaths today. 811 people have died from the necoronavirus in china since the outbreak began in dember. one other person died in t. philippin in japan, six new cas were detearcted on a cruise ship where 3,700 people remain in quarantirsne. passennd crew aboard a cruise ship in hong kong were allowed to disembarker authorities said tsthe crew negative for the virus. emic began, mo than 37,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported in china and 24 other countries. you can watch our special coverage of tuesday's new mpshire primary on our broadcast, or by visiting
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online, at >> stewart: since 2004, there has been a protracted battle it's a fight over id natural gas export terminal, and the pipeline that would deliver the gas. bendowners and community m are wary of what they say is a risky proposition. but, as pbs newshour weekend's christopher booker reports, it's a 15-yr conflict that is finally inching closer to a conclusion. >> this tree right here is a beautiful old oak tree. and that's where the cattle shades. reporter: sandy and russ lyon are the kind of landowners that know every detail of their property. since 1992, the california transplants have spent their days stewarding these 306 acres of ranch land in southwest oregon. they've raised their son here, plus a small number of livestock. and they've worked to restore the salmon habitat in the cree that cuts through their land. >> and the spawning salmon cop mingn hide under those logs. >> reporter: the lyons say they
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moreved to ruraln because they wanted to live in nature, away from things. but irin 2005, despite test efforts, they learned that a bit of the odutside world was ind coming in, or, in their case, coming under their land. >> we got a letter inail. and with the letter, there was a mhoapng where it would go. >> reporter: the letter conceerned what is now called jordan cove energy project. it's a proposed 229-mile natural gas pipeline that would serve as ection between existin pipelines in the rocky mountains and a liquid nural gas export rminal that would be built on the oregon coast. the nepiline would run right through the lyon property. >> so, it would beoming over th ridge up there where you see the tallest trees, down that mountain and it will come in our property right about there and g ta hepath 95hrean ghcuttouin
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feet wide, clearing everything in its way, including the trees. and equipment would be staged on theipasture for up to five years. the lyons have resisted each offer to put the p their land: from the first ipeldee unany in 2005 who offerd $4,000, to the most recent offen rly $100,000 from the canadian gyenirm, pembina. >> we won't be bought out because we love this land. we love the fish. here with the pipeline.o live >> reporter: the lyons are one of more than 80rivate landowers who have said no to the pipeline. but some have said yes. pembinsays it's already secured more than 80% of the route. but it's not just about convincing landners. this project needs approval from the federal energy regulatory commission and the state of oregon to go forward. it's been a regulatory odyssey that included a federal rejection in 2016, and ongoi wrangling with several state agencies. nevertheless, the jordan cove
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project persists. ththe site oproposed export terminal is 65 miles to the northwest in coastal coos county. the project's developer, pembina, declined pbs newshour weqeekend'sst for an interview. but some community members see this project as an investment that will transform this rural community. why did you become involved with the jordan cove project? >> one word: jobs. jobs for, for our workers and also jobs for the counity. >> reporter: robert westerman is the business manager of i.b.e.w. local 932, a union representing electricians on oregon's coast. he's been an outspoken supporter of the project since its first iteration more than a decade ag >> it's a game changer for us. it isoi to completely change the landscape here for the economy. we don't see projects like this. this is a $10-billi infrastructure project that's come into southern oregon. it will be the largest of its kind ever. >> reporter: pembina estimates will employ as many as 2,000
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union construction workers duing the five years it takes to complete the project. employ about 200 the company has also gotten a tax break from coosy, but overall, the county's assessor estimas the completed project would still nearly double the area's annual tax base. supporters of the project say it's particularly needed in a region that has se a dramatic decline in one of its major industri: timber. more than half of oregon's s mills have closed since the late 80's. we certainly realize that we're never going to recapture jobsof the timber t this would be one small step n the right direction. >> reporter: todd goergen is the president of the local chamber ofommerce and the co-chair of boost southern oregon. it's a nonprofit created to advocate for the project, and it's received financial support from pembina. goergen also owns an r.v. campground juswnt he road
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from where the proposed liquid natural gas terminal woulde built. your land goes 100 acres back? >> we have 10acres here from the tranacific. our property runs a full mile north.te >> rep goergen's family purchased this plot of land, which sits next to the oregon dus national reon area, in 1992. you're not worried about having a natural gas terminal right there? >> well, we weren't woied about it when there was a big pulp plant right there either. >> reporter: he says industrial activity has always been a part of life in this region. >> we have a working waterfront in a commuty that historically has been very tkien we're good neighbors >> reporter: the site of the proposed terminal is currently >> this is where the slip and the terminal will be. >> reporter: and then just on the other side is the bay, whi then basically the boats can take the gas. >> go directly wt, yep. out to the open ocean and across >> reporter: next stop, japan. >> next stop, japan.
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>> reporter: this wasn't always the case. the project was initially designed timport natural gas, but after the u. fracking boom, it was reconceived as an export facility to supply asian markets. but through each iteration, there has been opposition arguing the potential economic benefits have never justified the environmental rks. >> and they actually drill underneath the river. an organizer with rogue climate, a nonprofit environmental group in southern oregon fighting the jordan cove project. >> the jordan cove l.n.g. terminal is in a very populated part of our coast. there would be over 10,000 people in a hazardous burn zone if anything was to go wrong. d we know that we're long overdue for a earthquake and tsunami on the oregon coashe >> reporter:roposed export terminal sits next to what's called the cascadia subduction zone, an area that scientistis say is at rof a major earthquake in the next 50 years. but it's not just the location of the terminal that concerns roseeluth-- she objects to th entire project. os bay will need to be dredged
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to make room for the large transport ships, possibly disrupting fisheries. unthe pipeline would traver hundreds of waterways and rosenbluth worries chemicals used during drilling might leak into rivers, and she points to a 2014 incident in neighboring washington where a natural gas terminal exploded, injuring five workers and forcing hundreds to evacuate. but the opposition isn't focused tirelon the eironment. >> this is another trauma. we're not as important as a canadian fossil fuel company or others that are partners with them. >> reporter: don gentry is the chairman of the klamath tribes. 's opposed to the project for all the same environmental reasons as rosenbluth. but the pipeline would also travel through the tribes' ancestral lands, which include the amh river. >> we've been here for over 14,000 years. so, anthat's why this is a problem. you know, our people lived along these rive and lakes. the risk of disturbing sensitive culturital and human remains
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is significant. >> reporter: but perhaps more thehan any issue, the fact that jordan cove is a fossil fuel project drives opponents like rosenbluth. she says this is exactly the wrong type of investment to be making as the world tries to address climate change. >> if we look at the methane leakage that happens across a pipeline route, if we look at how much methane is emitted when that gas is bd,urhis project is, and all fracked gas projects are not good t f climate. which is why we ed local officials to be pushing for jobs in clean energy and not fracked gas. >> reporter: is it worth it to fight this loorng fuel that will most likely not be used to such a degree in the future? >> renewable energy, i believe, is what's going to save us in the futu. and we are, the i.b.e.w. is installing solar panels acss this country as we speak. we're building windmills. but it's a drop in the bucket compared to just our growth of the need for power. it's not something that we can snap our fingers and make happen overnight. >> reporter: westerman also
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points out that the company says the exporterminal will be built to resist a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and raised more than 40 feet above sea level to withstand a tsunam i.rmongering about the project, whether it be about the loss of habitat or that we have, will now have a nuclear bomb waiting to e.xplo those are fairly false arguments. it's not that. itdus an rial facilit we are more than capable of building it safely aperating it safely. tep>>ore that balancing the interests of property owners isn't easy, especially if land ends up being domain.rough eminent what's your conversation like with landowners who may own la, that the pipe may run through? >> reporr: that's a difficult i don'k anybody is out there advocating for eminent domain and the closure of king people's property away from them. absolutely does not want it, that may end up having it
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anyway, that is, that's shame. >> reporter: russ and sandy lyon think an eminent domain fight is where this>>s heing. ne thing is how can it happen? why do you have no say in it? that you'll actually do eminenor domain for agn company to put something just for their profit across land and do so much destruction along the way. >> reporter: how do you respond to the proponents of the project who dgacknowthat eminent domain questions are challenging, they still believe that tre is a greater economi benefit? >> i think they've been sold a bill of goods. the people here are told that it'll be local jobs and we doubt that that's true. would be a temporaryhort term jobs, and at what risk? >> reporter: while the lyons have fought the pipeline from the beginning, they have recently intenfied their resistance. >> if you choose to remain in this building you will be trespassing.
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>> reporter: last november sandy lyon was among 21 people arrested after a sit-in at oregon governor katn's office. the governor has pledged to remain neutral while the gulatory process plays out. i i am angry. i put it down, iet it out, i'll cstart because i'm so passionate about this place and having it r son and grandchildren. you know, this s been hanging over us so long, and we fight it every day, and it gs really old and it's stressful. and you feel you can't do anything. there's nothing we can do. lators will announce. whether the rdan cove project meets federal guidelines. but even afterhat, the project's developer will still need to get several state permits. and if that happens, opponents say they will continue their fight, in court.
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>> this is pbs newshour weekend, sunday. labs e>>xplore stereotypes as part of their "no labels attached" series. today, we tak ae a loat young americans are saying about race, culture and the misconceptions they face. >> when i ar the word "stereotype," i feel it's a word that, like, has-- doesn't haou a good aura it. it makes me feel, like, upset when i hear it. i'm not going to judge you on what you look like or like, i'm going to judge you on, like, when i meet y a. like how yroach me. >> people assume that because of >> being an indian in a mostly i american schooe faced a couple of challenges. many people assume things about me like m smart or i want to s a doctor, or i play thi but i don't think my skin color is what defines me. i think it's important you get know a person under the sk. >> a lot of people assumed that because i'm african-american, i'm not smart. people will assume that i don't get a's on tests, i don't do my
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homework, i don't ke hard classes, when in reality i'm pushing, pushing to my limits. >> when i first meet someone, i just talk about, like, where they're from and stuff instead of, like, assuming where they're from. because it's usually better to get to know someone's background information than just assuming it. i don't like putting labels on people because i, i get labels. i don't want to put that on someone else, either. hispanic, yeah, sh noshe's future, right? she's not going to do anything." and i get put into that group. d i'm not like that at all. i care about my studies. i want my education and i want a future.>> i break the stereotypes that i've encountered by laughing at them, and walking off. aot stee does not make you. you make you. >> you should accept who you are au nd love who e, because we're all human. we're all beautiful. we all deserve to have a voice. your color or your race shouldn't identify your personality.
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>> stewart: newshour will broadcast from new h apshire tomorr on tuesday with special reports, analysis, and results as they come in throughout the evening. tune in or checkn online at for news about tuesday's fit 2020 presidential primary vote. that's all for this edition of" pbs newshour weekend." i'm alison stewart. thanks for watching. have a good night. ni capt sponsored by wnet captioned by media access group at wgbh >possible by:ur weekend is made bernard and irene schwartz. sue and edgar wachenheim iii.
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